I am secondary professional development leader for the Science Learning Centre Yorkshire and the Humber, which is based in the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University. My job involves developing and delivering high quality continuing professional development (CPD) for science educators in the region. I also have the role of Secondary Programme Content Co-ordinator, monitoring and assuring the quality of the secondary CPD programme across the national network of Science Learning Centres.
I have worked on the development and delivery of a number of CPD programmes and courses including the Association for Science Education’s Getting Practical programme, which aimed to improve the quality of practical work carried out in schools, and the RSC’s Chemistry for Non-Specialists programme, which focussed on developing non-specialists skills, knowledge and confidence. I’m interested in how we develop and deliver the best CPD we can, to have the most positive impact on teachers’ professional lives. To find out more about this, I’m currently studying towards an MA in Education.
I also have an interest in curriculum development and have written a number of published resources, including recent publications for the Nuffield Curriculum Centre, Boardworks, and Curriculum Press.
Before coming to work with the Science Learning Centres, I taught chemistry in secondary schools in the UK, Hong Kong and Brazil. Before that, I completed a PhD in chemistry working on the synthesis of an anti-cancer compound called Spongistatin B.